BCS Rankings 2010: Ten Teams That Will Benefit Most From Ohio State Loss

Denton Ramsey@DentonRamseySenior Analyst IOctober 17, 2010

BCS Rankings 2010: Ten Teams That Will Benefit Most From Ohio State Loss

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    BCS Rankings 2010: The First Edition aren't even out and we already had another No. 1 bite the dust.

    It’s been the story of the young 2010 college football season thus far, and the dominoes are continuing to fall.

    Former No. 1 Ohio State suffered a 31-18 setback to former No. 16 Wisconsin (AP poll) on Saturday, as a new top team will once again be unveiled this week.

    Already in this week’s Coaches’ Poll, Ohio State has dropped to No. 9 while Wisconsin made the jump to No. 10.

    And with the official BCS rankings being released this evening on ESPN, it’s time to take a look at the 10 teams that will benefit the most from Ohio State’s loss…


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    The Oklahoma Sooners have got to be celebrating after Ohio State’s latest loss, as the Big 12 South leaders have a solid chance of quickly moving up the BCS ladder.

    And with the first BCS rankings set to be released in less than two hours—along with experts giving their predictions well in advance of tonight’s poll unveiling—the Sooners may be leaders of the pack in terms of benefiting from Ohio State’s Saturday loss.

    Oklahoma (6-0), destroying Iowa State 52-0 on Saturday, also garnered four first-place votes in this week’s Coaches’ Poll, garnering a No. 3 ranking overall with 1,334 points.


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    Oregon has got to be pumped heading into tonight’s BCS rankings unveiling, as the undefeated Ducks made the jump to No. 1 in both the AP and Coaches’ Poll.

    The undefeated Ducks defeated the Washington State Cougars 43-23 last Saturday and will be facing the 3-3 UCLA Bruins on Thursday, Oct. 21.

    Oregon (6-0) also leads the Coaches’ Poll with 42 first-place votes and 1,452 points.

Boise State

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    The Boise State Broncos, regardless of where it lands in the first week of the BCS standings, have a case to be No. 1.

    The Broncos shut out San Jose State 48-0 on Saturday, as Boise State’s secondary is currently holding opponents to a mere 12.3 pints per game.

    Boise State (6-0) is No. 2 in this week’s Coaches Poll, nabbing 11 first-place votes while compiling 1,385 points.


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    The TCU Horned Frogs are having a remarkable 2010 season—and with a defense that has limited opponents to just three points over the past two contests, the team is riding a high heading into this evening’s BCS unveiling.

    The Horned Frogs beat Brigham Young 31-3 on Saturday, one week after shutting out the Wyoming Cowboys, with the TCU secondary currently leading the nation in points against (9.3) per game.

    In this week’s Coaches’ Poll, TCU (7-0) holds a No. 4 ranking with one first-place vote and 1,300 points.


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    The Auburn Tigers are another team celebrating after Ohio State’s one-week stay at No. 1 came crashing down on Saturday.

    The former No. 7 Tigers (AP Poll) beat former No. 12 Arkansas 65-43 on Saturday and will face undefeated LSU next weekend, Oct. 23.

    Auburn (7-0) is No. 5 in this week’s Coaches’ Poll while garnering one first-place vote and 1,238 points.


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    You think Alabama is just a little happy about Ohio State losing its No. 1 ranking?

    The Crimson Tide, spending a majority of the beginning of 2010 at the top of the polls, beat Ole Miss 23-10 on Saturday—one week after losing it’s No. 1 ranking in a 35-21 loss to South Carolina.

    Alabama (6-1) is No. 7 in this week’s Coaches Poll, compiling 1,085 points.


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    The Auburn Tigers aren’t the only striped SEC kitties to be excited about this past weekend’s Ohio State loss.

    The LSU Tigers are just as pumped, destroying McNeese State 32-10 on Saturday, with SEC rival Auburn awaiting next weekend.

    In the latest Coaches’ Poll, LSU (7-0) is No. 6 with 1,132 points.


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    The Utah Utes are moving on up the polls with the BCS standings just hours away from being unveiled.

    The Utes beat Wyoming 30-6 on Saturday, one week after blowing out Iowa State 68-27 and will face the Colorado State Rams next weekend.

    Utah (6-0) is No. 9 in this week’s Coaches’ Poll, nabbing 1,004 points.

Michigan State

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    The Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans are welcome new additions to the top 10 polls, and the team may have even more to celebrate once the BCS Standings are released at 8:15 p.m. EST on ESPN.

    The Spartans knocked off Illinois 26-6 on Saturday and will hit the road to battle the Northwestern Wildcats next weekend.

    Michigan State (7-0) holds a No. 8 ranking in the latest Coaches’ Poll, garnering 1,037 points.


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    You think the Wisconsin Badgers have even dropped back down to reality after its high following a 31-18 upset over former No. 1 Ohio State?

    Not only did the Badgers destroy a one-week wonder in the Buckeyes, but it also solidified itself as a top 10 team and BCS contender.

    Wisconsin (6-1) is No. 11 in this week’s Coaches’ Poll with 867 points, with Ohio State dropping to No. 10 (936 points).


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